Local Manogue Honors Student Recognizes Sacrifices and Patriotism of Others
Submitted by Carson Now Reader on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:44pm
Jake Bayliss, a senior at Reno’s Bishop Manogue High School and Carson City resident, decided to support American Veterans in need by organizing a “Toiletries Drive” to benefit the VA Hospital in Reno, Nevada. Jake gathered over 200 kits containing toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, shaving cream and deodorant which he delivered to the VA Hospital on August 22, 2012.
Jake’s interest in helping veteran’s was fueled by receiving a $3,000 scholarship as a quarter finalist in the 2012 American Legion National Oratorical Contest. After receiving his award, Jake approached the Veteran’s Administration in Reno, Nevada in an effort to identify a manner in which he could express his personal appreciation to our local veterans. The American Legion suggested that Jake organize a “Toiletries Drive.”
Jake Bayliss took the request to heart and worked tirelessly fundraising for this cause. He employed the help of family, friends and local businesses to make donations. “I’m honored to have been recognized by the American Legion and thankful for the sacrifices that these men and women have made for our country. I hope that my small actions will inspire others to remember our veterans,” said Jake Bayliss.
Darin Farr, Public Affairs Officer for the Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care System, stated, “Our veterans appreciate younger generations honoring their service. This means more to them than anything else. Jake’s efforts were a worthwhile endeavor to support our veterans.”
The Manogue Senior currently holds a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, is on the varsity football team, is working to complete his Eagle Scout requirements and has received many awards for speech and debates. Jake hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame through the ROTC program and ultimately become a radiologist.
Chartered in 1919, The American Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization and welcomes veterans from all branches of our armed forces. This organization focuses on serving veterans, service members and our communities. Currently, The American Legion has approximately 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. The American Legion sponsors hundreds of programs which directly impact this country’s youths. The Legion raises millions of dollars annually to support fellow veterans and their families as well as to provide college scholarship opportunities.
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